Aston Villa defender set for spell on sidelines after development
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor has been handed a two-match international ban for his horror tackle on Seamus Coleman, it has been confirmed.
The Wales Football Association revealed on their official Twitter account on Wednesday that Taylor was set to serve a two-game suspension following his dismissal against Republic of Ireland in March.
Neil Taylor has received a 2 match suspension from FIFA following his red card against Rep of Ireland in March.https://t.co/3zk1pTGJIH
— Wales (@FAWales) April 26, 2017
Taylor, 28, was given his marching orders during the goalless draw in Dublin on March 24 for a reckless tackle on Everton ace Coleman.
The wild challenge saw Coleman stretchered off and taken to hospital, where it was soon revealed that he had suffered a double leg-break, which will see him sidelined for at least six months.
But Taylor is also set to face a brief spell on the sidelines, with his two-match ban set to force him out of Wales’ World Cup qualification matches against Serbia in June, and against Austria in September.
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As it is a FIFA sanction, the ban will not affect his involvement for Aston Villa during the end of season run-in, meaning he will be available to face both Blackburn and Brighton in the coming weeks.
Aston Villa are currently 12th in the Championship with two games remaining, while Taylor has made just 12 appearances since his January arrival at Villa Park.
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